Reflections is a National PTA arts recognition program that helps students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence, and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful not only in school, but in life.

Students create original works of art in response to a theme. The theme for the 2023-24 program year is "I am hopeful because...


Little Cedars Reflections entries are due January 8, 2024


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A student may submit an entry in any of six arts areas. Only original works of art are accepted. The six art areas are:

  • Literature: works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, prose, drama, short stories and lyrics. 
  • Music Composition: original musical composition, with or without words.
  • Photography: color or black and white, included techniques: photogram, negative sandwich, and multiple exposure.
  • Visual Arts: drawing, painting in tempera, oil, acrylic, watercolor & t-shirt paints, computer generated art, two-dimensional collage, printmaking, needlework & leather tooling.
  • Film/Video: original works, with or without sound, of animation, narrative, documentary, experimental or music video/film.
  • Choreography/Dance: originally choreographed dance composition.

Participation is organized by student age and grade levels. Student works are critiqued against others in the same grade division.

Finalists from Little Cedars will move on to the state round. Washington State PTA finalists who receive an “Outstanding Interpretation” award will advance to the National PTA round. National PTA Reflections awards can be found here.


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Volunteers Needed
Can you help with our Reflections contest in January? We are looking for a few people to help judge entries and a computer wiz to organize student entries and upload winners to the Washington state PTA. Please e-mail if you can volunteer!